All camping is first-come, first-served. No reservations are accepted. Camping areas are usually more crowded during weekends, holidays, and spring break. Go to our Camping page for more detailed information about camping. Go to our Fees & Passes page for information about camping fees.
Fishing is permitted throughout the park with your entrance pass, except for along the short portion of beach directly in front of Malaquite Visitor Center. Anglers must meet Texas fishing license requirements and follow applicable state and federal regulations. No additional fees or permits are required. Check out our Fishing page for more information about fishing in the park.
Park entrance and boat ramp fees apply. No hunting is permitted in the park except for the taking of waterfowl by boat only out in the Laguna Madre. Hunters must meet Texas hunting license requirements and follow applicable state and federal regulations. Must be on a floating blind, and there is no use of dogs allowed in the park. Shooting restricted to water only- not towards land.
A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required to conduct any of the following activities in the park:
The Chief Ranger issues Special Use Permits for these activities to prevent damage or other impacts to park resources, visitor activities, facilities, and visitor experiences. For more information on Special Use Permits, call (361) 949-9238.
To request a Special Use Permit, send the appropriate application to:
Padre Island National Seashore
Ranger Activities Assistant
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480
Last updated: August 25, 2016